Souk el Kheir
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A sweet respite in the heart of Marrakech
In itself, Souk el Kheir is a reprieve from the zooming motorbikes and snake charmers you'll find in the chaotic Djemaa el-Fna Square. (Vendors in this Souk have banned motorbikes, so you won't have to risk your life to browse.) Yet further within the miles of head scarves, berber rugs, camel magnets, and live falcons on display you'll find an even sweeter respite, and it's seeped in honey. The best stops for stuffed dates, Kâab al-ghazal, and other traditional Moroccan sweets are located here. Although the vendors may not be able to explain what's in each of these treats, they do make expert recommendations. Try the Spaat Lalla Meryem Blouz, which are almond fingers with a crisp pastry exterior, garnished with sesame seeds. A small bag of assorted treats will run you around 30 dirham. (For reference, you could also buy three fridge magnets, half a headscarf, or ten postcards for that amount.)
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